I am Brian Jarrett, and this is my Testimony. Please know that this is kind of long, but I have to put it out here for everyone to see. Doing this is kind of like therapy for me.
First off, let me start by saying that I am extremely blessed by the Lord, and I have to give Him the Praise for what he has done in my life!
When I was growing up, I had to experience what most children today experience . . . a broken home. I was raised in a Church going family and was sometimes "forced" (That is what I thought as a child) to go to Church. I grew to despise going to church or having anything to do with it. When my parent's split up, I blamed myself as most children do. I started to develop the rebellious feelings toward God, family, friends, etc. It was not until I turned 19 that I started to come around.
I was involved in gangs while growing up but I "grew" out of that part of my life at the age of 18. I had my beautiful son at the age of 20 out of wedlock. I was not a good father to my son as I was taking on the traits left to me by my seemingly non-existent Father. I was not there for my son in the beginning part of his life, but I am there for him now. He is 8-years old and extremely intelligent. I knew that I had to do something to change or else my relationship with my son would be nothing. At the age of 23, I became Born-Again, but I quickly fell back into my old ways because I was very weak and lacked inner discipline. In 1998, I was married to the most beautiful woman that I had laid eyes on. We were only married for 9 months before we separated. I feel that if God was a part of my life then, we might have been able to work things out. Money was very tight and arguments ensued. It was more than I could take on my soul.
Despite the hard times of my marriage, I learned a lot from my wife. I learned to focus on the right here and now and not dwell in the future or past. She taught me how to be humble and listen, be patient, and slow down the way I was living. She taught me how to focus on my environment and absorb it. I learned a lot from her because God needed me to learn those things for what I am lead to do for Him. I am in the ending stages of the divorce now, and I lean toward God to bring me through it.
In March of 2002, I was sitting at home surfing the internet as I always do when I felt compelled to visit the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministries (CARM.org) website operated by Matthew Slick. I had started being interested in religion and spirituality long ago. I had studied several different religions and even started practicing Wicca. As I looked through the CARM website, I was drawn to keep looking and looking throughout the site. I followed every link I could find on the site except one. The link is titled, "Jesus Saves." It is in the upper-left corner of the main page. I clicked on the link, and it took me to a straight forward, Biblical, Scripture enforced page on Jesus Christ. After reading that page, I felt God pulling on my heart.
I asked God to come into my life and to cleanse me of all of my sins on March 7, 2002. It felt so good to have the weight that I bore lifted off of me. I was so happy that night that I could not sleep. I started learning the Word of God immediately. I found that although I had read portions of the Bible before and did not understand what I was reading that when I read His Word now, I fully understand it in wonderful detail. I have since studied Theology, received an Honorary Associates Degree in Divinity, and submitted a Thesis for a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Theology. I have been called to learn the very foundations of the Bible and the Christian faith so that I may teach people about the Lord. The Lord has also called me to be a Biblical Counselor. I have been Ordained as a Minister since March, however, I felt that it was too easy to obtain this Honor. Therefore, I am learning as much as I can in order to serve God in the capacity that He has given to me.
There is so much more to say, but I think I have said enough already. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have any questions or comments. I would love to hear from you. Thank you very much for taking the time to read my testimony. It has truly helped me personally by writing it.
Rev. Brian C. Jarrett
Beloved Word of God Ministries